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Questions about showcasing vernacular photography vol. 1

Roundtable summary

Although amateur or family photographs weren’t created with the intention of being institutionally collected, researched, and displayed, these visual materials have still become an important topic in contemporary visual culture. The collecting of everyday photographs has a rich history in Hungary; hence they can be found in archives of vastly different profiles. Eidolon Centre of Everyday Photography now takes up the quest to initiate discussion concerning the different institutional approaches to vernacular photography and to uncover the legal issues their usage and showcasing might bring forward.

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Questions about showcasing vernacular photography vol. 2 – Focusing on copyright

Roundtable summary

When someone takes up the challenge of showcasing photographs on a website or as part of a print publication, more often than not faces the limitations of copyright. Therefore, the second panel discussion of Eidolon Centre for Everyday Photography hosted by Capa Center focused on the detailed explanation of the current copyright system using Fortepan as a case study. The guests were Dr. Flóra Gubicz copyright lawyer and Miklós Tamási, the founder of Fortepan.

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Questions about showcasing vernacular photography vol. 3 – Focusing on personality rights

Roundtable summary

Not only copyright, but also personality rights could pose a serious challenge for institutions showcasing everyday photographs. Since these photos were taken of and by private individuals, their publishing can understandably cause personal inconveniences. Through the discussion of lawyer Bea Bodrogi and the director of Eidolon Centre Róza Tekla Szilágyi, the third event organized by Eidolon Centre and Capa Centre dived into the complexities of personality rights.

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Unboxing the Horus Archives

Event summary

Curious gazes were roaming over the unassuming shoeboxes placed in the middle of the table. The small studio space of Capa Center slowly filled up with excitement as people were waiting for their lids to open and the stories locked inside them to unfold.

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On the liquid time of photography

Summary of the In Visible Presence book launch

With the passing decades, the changes in memory politics require us to constantly reflect back on and contextualise certain parts of our national history. The photograph functioning as a kind of lieu de mémoire can help us either recall bygone events or create a subsequent connection to our ancestors’ past. Showcased on bookshelves, organised in numbered albums or kept in shoeboxes, everyday photographs are especially powerful tools to engage with stories that are often missing from history books – the private narratives of ordinary people.

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Eidolon Club vol. 1 – ‘And the King Said, What a Fantastic Machine’ screening and discussion

Event summary

Historical footages of the first photographic experiments and familiar-looking, viral clips flashing before our eyes, telling the story of how the invention and technological development of the camera fundamentally influenced human behaviour. The documentary titled And the 'King Said: What a Fantastic Machine' tackles the problems rooted in our often-lacking understanding of how images work. The work of directors Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck was the topic of the first Eidolon Club event, discussed by professionals working in the field of visual culture.

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